Everything is real': Gloria Estefan on the story behind 'On Your Feet!
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In the New 42nd Street Studios, where many a Broadway musical is optimistically built from sweat, craft and adrenaline, a small boy named Eduardo Hernandez brushes his way past the impresario Emilio Estefan and heads straight for Gloria, if not glory.

He does not look old enough to be in fourth grade and he is from New Jersey, not Miami. But if Eduardo attended the Miami Public Schools, he would be studying the role model Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo Garcia de Estefan in his officially approved, fourth-grade textbook. Gloria and Emilio Estefan discuss their new musical, 'On Your Feet'

Maybe if he'd read about the Cuban-born, Miami-raised, singer-songwriter-entrepreneur-grandmother's seven Grammy Awards, her Ellis Island Medal of Honor, her formidable collection of global hits, or her 1987, multi-platinum album "Let It Loose," which sold 3 million copies in the United States alone, he'd have been more deferential. Then, he'd have been more like the other mostly Latino and Latina dancers and singers in the room, who know that they owe her their gig in "On Your Feet!," which begins performances at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago on June 2 and is set for Broadway this fall. In many cases, they have taken her aside to confess they also owe her the motivation for their entire careers.

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Chris Jones
Chicago Tribune


The rhythm really is gonna get you in the remarkably confident new Broadway-bound Gloria Estefan musical. -TimeOut

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